Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: NPD, DHG, CII, BKCC, IGT

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Tomorrow, Dec. 18, 2013, 66 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 15%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

Owners of China Nepstar Chain Drugstore (NYSE: NPD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $2.35 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.4%.

The average volume for China Nepstar Chain Drugstore has been 102,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore has a market cap of $220.2 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 46.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a retail drugstore chain that sells a range of pharmaceutical and other healthcare products in the People's Republic of China. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Nepstar Chain Drugstore as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. You can view the full China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ratings Report now.

DWS High Income Opportunities Fund

Owners of DWS High Income Opportunities Fund (NYSE: DHG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $14.10 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.2%.

The average volume for DWS High Income Opportunities Fund has been 57,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. DWS High Income Opportunities Fund has a market cap of $230.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund

Owners of BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund (NYSE: CII) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $13.66 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.8%.

The average volume for BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund has been 140,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund has a market cap of $598.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 36.68.

BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation

Owners of BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: BKCC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $9.74 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.8%.

The average volume for BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation has been 467,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation has a market cap of $718.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation is a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. The firm invests in all industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.78.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation Ratings Report now.

International Game Technology

Owners of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $17.11 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for International Game Technology has been 4.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. International Game Technology has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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International Game Technology, a gaming company, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets casino-style gaming equipment, systems technology, and game content for land-based and online markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.91.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Game Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full International Game Technology Ratings Report now.

More About Dividends:

One benefit of owning a stock is the potential that you will be paid a dividend. The distribution of dividend payments is another way for a company to share its profit with you. A dividend means that the company pays you a certain amount of money, either as a one-time payment or more commonly on a quarterly basis, for each share of stock you own.

Many times, dividends come at the expense of greater price appreciation, because the company is distributing its profits to shareholders rather than reinvesting the profits back into the growth of the company. However, companies that pay dividends can be very attractive to investors when they offer a steady stream of income. There are some important terms and dates an investor should be familiar with before purchasing any dividend-paying companies. Let's work through an example to help better explain some of these terms:

On March 1, ABC Widget Company has decided that because it holds excess cash and lacks investment opportunities, it would like to reward shareholders with a regular quarterly dividend payment. The date for this particular announcement is known as the declaration date. It is on this date that the company announces the specific dividend payment along with the holder of record date (aka record date) and the payment date. The company announces that a dividend payment of 25 cents per share will be payable March 31, 2012 (the payment date) to all shareholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 2012 (holder of record date). What does this all mean? Well the short story is that the company looks at its records on March 16 and anyone listed on the books as an owner of ABC Widget company will be eligible for the dividend payment (on March 31).

The one other important term to remember is the ex-dividend date. The ex-dividend date (typically two trading days before the holder of record date for U.S. securities) is the day in which a company begins trading without the dividend. In order to have a claim on a dividend, shares must be purchased no later than the last business day before the ex-dividend date. A company trading ex-dividend will have the upcoming dividend subtracted from the share price at the start of the trading day. Many times, the price of a stock will increase in anticipation of the upcoming dividend as the ex-dividend date approaches, yet will fall back by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date.

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